Posted by Scott Hackett on Mon, Mar 22, 2021 @ 2:08 AM
Best Tree Root Development
Sufficient oxygen, water, soil and nutrients are essential for healthy root growth and therefore healthy trees. If soil gets too wet, the voids between soil particles become filled with water and the root hairs cannot absorb oxygen. Over time the roots ‘drown’ which eventually may also kill the tree, through lack of the required water and nutrients.
The water from efficient tree irrigation is required not only for all the biochemical processes involved in photosynthesis, respiration and transport but also for mechanical support to leaf and stem tissue. Insufficient (or inefficient) tree watering will result in loss of leaf turgor and a consequent reduction in new shoot extension. Eventually, this will lead to die-back and, if not remedied, the loss of the tree.
Oxygen may also be available at depth if the soil is not compacted and the action of earthworms has created tunnels through which oxygen can flow. Tree roots will grow near the surface unless adequate water and air are available below ground.
How to Promote Deeper Root Growth?
One method for providing both the necessary water and air to the tree roots to ensure deeper root growth involves the use of a perforated flexible piping system. At the time a tree is being planted, the pipe may be looped around the root ball within the immediate rooting zone of the new tree, and also in the outer rooting zone, looped throughout the root cell matrix. The pipe is then connected to an inlet located at the tree pit surface. This method may be adapted for use beside roadside verges and open space tree planting or in heavily-trafficked areas.
The water inlet
The inlet enables a water hose to be attached when water is needed. The rest of the time the pipe, being looped in a circuit, allows air to flow passively through the system and around the roots of the tree. Changes in air pressure above ground are also accommodated. This arrangement enables long deep watering over the entire root system and the opportunity for the soil to dry between watering, which is better for trees and root growth than frequent light watering.
RootRain™ Urban is a large capacity irrigation system with a fixed non-removable grid inlet. The grid allows water and air through but prevents ingress of litter and debris.
Suited for: Roadside verge and open space tree planting.
Snorkil™ Rondo & Plaza Series
The Snorkil™ Rondo (round inlet) and Snorkil™ Plaza (square inlet) series have been specially designed to interlock with our range of integrated tree grilles or be set in the pavement to provide an attractive and durable way of maintaining aeration for tree root systems.
This provides a tamper-resistant system that will also prevent the inlet from sinking as a result of any soil settlement around the tree.